The last day of prayer...
Today was the last day of the school year that I had the honor to show up by faith at my daughter's school and pray for school, staff, teachers and classmates as well as the school community in general. This is my second year leading Moms In Prayer at this wonderful Christian school and it has really stretched me in GOD ways as only one can be stretched when they take that step of faith after asking, "Are you talking to me?" to God. Because, really I was not expecting to be "leading" but looking forward to happily being led when my daughter was finally able to attend this school which had been an answer to at least 5 years worth of prayer. I actually had finally given up on the idea she would be able to attend a Christian School when BAM - God swung the door open wide. Soon after that I lost my job (hence the blog!) and we wondered what on earth this meant for our family and most of all my daughter with regard to school. Well, God provided and though some financial aid awarded we are able to maintain her place by faith once more. I am so grateful to God for His wonderful provision. I am so grateful for His faithfulness to answer prayer and lead me to places I never anticipated going AND in ways I would never have considered.
My journey with Moms In Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch) began in 2008. I have been so blessed by this ministry and all that I have received from being involved that it baffles my minds at times. I came to my first group as a mom who was desperately seeking answers. I prayed. I sweat, served and tried to be the mom that God wanted me to be but... I also longed for something that I had not experienced in the other Mom's groups I had been part of previously. I found this elusive "thing" in Moms In Prayer because it supported me in my mission in life which is to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. What I found was that parenting was not like Personal Training. I hated that. 'I want to tell you what to do and I expect you to do it' sums up my perception of parenting early on. My daughter is not the kind that will be strong armed into anything. I know this is good and a God thing. But this exasperated me as a first time mom. Especially as she got older. I thought I trusted God for everything...but trusting Him for my daughter...His child, this was something I needed to learn. Am still learning. I was full of fear, doubt and insecurity for many reasons. I had nothing to rely on in myself and this was as it should be. That which I felt was my curse would ultimately be my blessing. I am not a perfect mom nor do I have all the answers. But my God is by my side and is leading me, teaching me, guiding me and HE himself has chosen me to parent this sweet, strong-willed, beautiful child. What makes MIP so sweet is when you can't find the words because you are weary from battling the same battles, your fellow mom prays for your sweet child and God lifts your spirits and increases your faith while encouraging your weary mom heart!
I am so grateful for the women God has allowed me to get to know through MIP and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the hearts of all those involved in this ministry. If you have children Moms In Prayer will bless you immensely and empower you to encourage other women into a closer walk and relationship of intimacy and trust in Jesus Christ through prayer and scripture! If you want to see miracles in YOUR child's life and school go to the website and find a group or start one. Plan to do this before school starts next September! It is easier than you can imagine and you will not regret it!
Moms In Prayer has groups which include: moms (obviously) but also Grand-moms, college moms, single moms, working moms, multiple school groups, home-school groups and more.
Can I ask you a question?
Why wouldn't you want to pray specifically for those whom your child spends 6-8 hours a day with - and who also have full access and influence to their physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual outlook? How can you not portion out and prioritize 1 hour a week to the specific, dedicated prayers that could change the life of your child and the lives of those your child spends their days with?
As for me and my house- I will not deny that my daughter, her school and all of those involved in that community will be covered in prayer.
I am so grateful for Moms In Prayer.
just a few praying moms...
I want to thank Sharon Gamble and all of those in New Hampshire and beyond who bless, serve and love to the uttermost, with grace upon grace, prayers and hearts that overflow to make Moms In Prayer the amazing ministry it is...you shine the Son in so many lives...I thank God for you.
I also am thankful for Susan, Glory, Mary, and Pauline who have made travelling fun, interesting and unique ; have blessed me as we shared road trips, prayers, worship and fellowship. You have each one blessed me with your friendship, love, ear and shoulder when needed. Thank you.
I am thankful for those who stood in the gap this year with me: Tina, Tracie, Julie.
I am grateful for Fern Nichols and her vision, humility, heart and faithfulness.
And above all I give Praise and thanks to God that He refuses to let me hide comfortably in the shadows.
Ever leading me into His glorious light as I walk by faith...baby-steps, one at a time further and further into His amazing grace.
Thank you, Lord that you helped me to be faithful for another year.
Despite my backtalk.
I love you, Father.
May I learn to be faithful, as you are faithful.
From the fullness of his grace
we have all received one blessing after another.